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answered DNA to Binary Distance Computation
Mar
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comment What is the evolutionary advantage of red-green color blindness?
I'm giving +1 for the last sentence. I doubt any selective advantage for colour blindness outweighs the selective benefit for colour vision so it's more likely to be a failure to be selected out of the population than anything that's actively selected in.
Mar
9
comment What is this creature?
The triangular "tail" is actually the tail fan made of five parts. The central part of it is the final segment of the body and either side is composed of the two parts of a modified leg. Were you to investigate it more closely you'd thus discover it is not at all "fish like"
Mar
9
comment What is this creature?
The translucence makes me think it's a juvenile stage.
Feb
22
comment Is Chargaff's rule really applicable?
I would put it down to straightforward experimental error rather than sampling error. The methods used to obtain the numbers are relatively crude chemical methods.
Feb
3
answered What came first? The DNA or the DNA polymerases?
Feb
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answered Did the Zika virus mutate?
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Jul
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comment There aren't any animals like hornets that hunt large prey (like a rabbit, or even up to a deer), right? Why not?
@Kal: Do you really think that a swarm of hornets would be undetectable to a rabbit? Remember, as well, that even if this strategy would work first it has to evolve and for that you need to have functional, beneficial, intermediate steps - what do you think they could be?
Jul
24
comment There aren't any animals like hornets that hunt large prey (like a rabbit, or even up to a deer), right? Why not?
@Owen_R: The comparison between honey bees and hornets is moot; the comparison which is evolutionarily relevant is to investing their energy in hunting small prey as they do now. In order to start hunting large prey they need to get a benefit from ineffectually hunting these prey since they have not yet adapted to do it well.
Jul
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answered There aren't any animals like hornets that hunt large prey (like a rabbit, or even up to a deer), right? Why not?
Jul
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comment Why and how does uniprot list around 150,000 proteins in the human genome?
The key point is that there are more proteins than genes because so many genes exist in multiple splice forms. You should not expect number of genes and number of proteins to match up.
Jun
23
comment Is there an advantage to antibacterial soap?
I'd note that less bacteria on your hands is not necessarily a good thing. The natural microbiome on your hands has noticeable protective effects.
Jun
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Jun
10
comment Recessiveness of allele for protection of organism
Honestly, I think the whole concept of recessive and dominant is unhelpful when trying to understand genetics and we'd be better off teaching the concepts in this answer from the very start.
May
21
comment What is the point at which abiogenesis is complete and evolution begins?
Yeah, that's it. Although even then I'd be wary of assuming that there is a single clear line dividing life from non-life, so the exact end point of abiogenesis will be ill-defined.